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postheadericon I used to wonder curiously about clicker obedience training for dogs

I used to wonder curiously about clicker obedience training for dogs. But then, my neighbor said that clickers are not meant for obedience training and they are only fit for making a dog perform circus-like tricks and stunts.

At first, I agreed with my neighbor. Those clickers seemed annoying to me and I didn’t believe that anyone would be able to teach obedience training commands to their dogs with that constant clicking sound.

I couldn’t be more wrong!

Listen, one day I was browsing a video site and this clicker obedience training video caught my attention. It was really well-shot, unlike some of those flimsy homemade clicker videos you often see on the web.

The video was made by a team of professional dog trainers specialized in clicker obedience training for dogs. So they designed a comprehensive clicker training course with videos which I downloaded straight to my computer.

After several home training sessions with my dog Brylow…

I must say their clicker training principles and techniques are spot on!

The 3 “super trainer” tips that helped me the most during training are:

Tip 1 – To clicker train your dog effectively, you need to employ a large variety of positive reinforcers. This means you should allow your dog to play with several different toys/object. The same goes for treats. Use many different ones for better end result.

Tip 2 – High clicking rate is crucial during the first few training sessions. Make sure your dog is able to earn a single click at a rate of every 3 – 5 seconds. This method works really well when I first conducted a clicker crate training session with Brylow.

Tip 3 – Minimize sloppy training. This means you should avoid the following during clicker obedience training: bending over your dog, repeated cues, nagging, and luring.

Anyway, if you’re interested in discovering everything from A – Z about training your dog with a clicker, follow this link: http://www.positivehomedogtraining.com/ to get download details. Apply the steps outlined in the complete manual and remember to watch those videos as well!

postheadericon A horse can be regarded as more than an animal to ride, more than a hobby

A horse can be regarded as more than an animal to ride, more than a hobby. A horse owner can love that animal as easily as he can love a dog. The main reason for purchasing a horse is to ride but the horse/human relationship is much more than that. When a small child looks up and says, "Your horse is beautiful" the horse owner is filled with pride.

When a horse is well trained and accustomed to working "with" the rider it’s almost as if the two are merged during riding. There is no better example of this than a "cow pony" (also called a cutting horse) which is a horse trained to follow, chase and cut a cow from the herd. The need for a horse to perform this duty dates back to the days when range cattle were branded and herds turned loose to roam without benefit of fences. Each rancher used his own brand as a method of recognizing which cattle he owned. During a cutting horse competition, the cowboy can guide his horse without touching the reins. The shifting of the rider’s body weight in the saddle tells the horse what direction to take. The perfect communication between the two is amazing to witness.

Watching these competitions makes for a great spectator sport.

People watching can be an interesting pastime. Observing a herd of horses in a pasture is just as interesting in the sense that each has an individual personality just like people. In a herd of ten you might see two laying down, another two might be fighting with each other. A fight can be anything from nipping at each other to rearing up and lunging. If one horse approaches from behind, the horse who is crowded might kick out with one hind leg and sometimes both.

The remaining horses might turn to observe or simply continue grazing. Some will never fight even if provoked. Others seem to enjoy being disagreeable. When a horse lays its ears back it indicates anger against another horse and may result in a bite or a kick.

Every horse owner smiles when offering an apple or carrot as a treat. The warm muzzle and the soft whinny as the animal takes the treat from the open hand is a bonding moment. Petting the side of a horse’s nose is like touching velvet.

There are many things a horse has to offer to a human. He can be ridden for recreation or in horse shows. He can be part of a team and pull a hay wagon. Some can be trained to jump and the Royal Lipizzaner stallions which have been bred to perfection for half a millennium perform dressage which has been described as "horses dancing."

Registered thoroughbreds are trained to win speed races. Registered quarter horses learn to run barrels and compete in other speed contests at the Western horse shows. Riding clubs take part in parades on the fourth of July and many Renaissance fairs feature exhibition jousting matches. The versatility and appeal of this magnificent animal can touch your heart if you let it. At that point the relationship becomes more than a joining of horse and rider; your horse has whinnied his way into your heart and become – your pet…

postheadericon Dogs need supplements just as much as humans do

Dogs need supplements just as much as humans do. In fact, if their primary food is commercial pet food, dogs need probiotics even more!

There are basic supplements that dogs require as they get older, like digestive enzymes, and others that they need throughout life, like omega 3/6 oils, minerals, and probiotics. Why probiotics for dogs?

Your Dog may Look and Act Healthy, But

Domesticating a dog is behavioral, but domesticating dogs diet has led to a growing health crisis. In order for a dog to be truly healthy, it needs to be fed a diet that resembles that of his wild ancestors, who hunt and kill fresh game. They supplement their diet by eating grass and dirt! More on this in a minute.

The closest you are likely to get is a raw diet consisting of free-range chicken, and grass-fed meat that are hormone and antibiotic- free. To this basic diet add supplements that replace the grass and dirt. If you do that, your dogs will be healthier, happier and live longer!

Perhaps the most powerful medical quotes of all time is completely ignored by American doctors and veterinarians.

“Fully 90% of all chronic disease is caused by an unhealthy digestive system” The Royal Society of Medicine, Great Britain

Probiotic Supplements and Intestinal Balance

Dannons’ highly successful advertising campaign, back in the seventies, suggested that the Hunzas lived well over 100 because they ate yogurt- a probiotic! Never mind that the air they breathed nor the soil that grew their fruits and vegetables and raised their meat was pollution-free, or that the yogurt the Hunzas ate had little in common with Dannon or any other commercial yogurt. Yet, today there is fierce competition for your dairy-based probiotic dollar. Buyer beware!

Briefly, commercial grade probiotics, like yogurt or acidophilus supplements, comes from cattle that are not grass-fed, do not live in open pastures where they would exercise, breathe fresh air, and get vitamin D from sun light. Instead, they live in close quarters, toxic environments: They are injected with growth hormones and antibiotics. If there ever was any nutrient value to this milk, it was destroyed when it was pasteurized and homogenized. People and pets with dairy allergies are actually suffering from the effects of the care, feeding and processing of commercial dairy cows. People who switched to organic milk find they are no longer allergic!

Resolving GI related problems that have not advanced to chronic, is often as simple as giving them a daily probiotic! Why? Digestion and elimination are time sensitive. Too short, or too long, eventually leads to a health crisis.

The more processed the food, the more difficult it is for the digestive system to break it down. This takes a huge toll on the colonies of good (probiotic) bacteria as they expend themselves in their effort to find and assimilate the small amount of nutrient value.

The good bacteria not only aid in nutrient assimilation, they provide the balance against the bad bacteria. This balance is quickly upset when your dog eats tainted food, or a bacteria laden morsel. Heat and just the slightest bit of moisture (humidity) can quickly contaminate an open bag of dry dog food.

If you pay attention to your dog, you can see the early warning signs, which may include loss of energy, bad gas, bad breath, itchy skin, constipation, bouts of diarrhea or vomiting, and loss of appetite. These are quickly resolved with just a doses of probiotic supplements, and prevented with daily use. Prevention saves you money in the long run.

Chronic health problems develop when the bad bacteria maintain the upper hand in the GI tract over a long period of time.

The Ultimate Probiotic

Some 25 years ago, researchers noticed that feral animals not only ate grass, but pulled at the grass. Delving into why, they discovered that the dirt surrounding the root structure of grasses from organic soils were teaming with microflora and bacteria that had a probiotic effect in the GI tract.

Appropriately, these microorganisms were collectively named Soil Based Organisms (SBOs).

Let Them Eat Dirt

It seems like the simple solution would be to let your dog eat grass. Most domestic dogs live in environments that do not provide these essential digestive aids. Lawns, and dog parks are treated with inorganic pesticides, fertilizers, and chlorine from municipal water. These chemicals kill SBOs.

SBOs vs Antibiotics

Doctors know that antibiotics are toxic chemicals that kill off both the good and bad bacteria, and yet they neglect to use probiotic treatments! If this is not bad enough, the side effects of antibiotic treatment to your dog are the equivalent of being kicked in the groin.

Probiotics are live organisms natural to the digestive system. SBOs are scientifically proven to resolve GI disorders and are essential to maintain intestinal balance. Since GI disorders develop as a result of bad bacteria overwhelming good (probiotic) bacteria, the first course of action should be to restore the balance by administering SBOs.

A few doses of SBOs will quickly dispatch most cases of GI upset before you could be seen by a vet. Plus, when administering SBOs there is no need to withhold food or water!

Where can you get SBOs?

SBOs are not a prescription medication. They are available from Vitality Science on line, in a few select pet stores, and from holistic vets.

Culturing SBOs requires laboratory controlled conditions, using strict scientific protocols. Much like fermenting the finest beer or wine, the SBO culturing process cannot be rushed.

While just about any SBO formula will be beneficial, brands that consist of a variety of active SBO strains are more likely to quickly restore proper GI balance.

CAUTION: Things Can Go From Better to Worse- Temporarily!

As mentioned earlier, commercial pet food is hard to break down and digest. Consequently, it moves slowly through the intestines. Most likely some fecal plaque has adhered to your dogs intestinal walls. Once it gets a toehold, it thickens over time. Even fairly young animals can experience some blockage as a result of this build up.

Regular administration of SBOs will slowly begin to dissolve the fecal matter. During this clearing/cleansing process, pathogens and microbes that were covered up with layers of fecal matter will be exposed and can cause episodes of diarrhea or vomiting. Depending on the buildup, it may take a few months before it is completely removed.

During this time you are likely to see your dog reach new plateaus of happiness and energy. It can overwhelm them until they adjust.

Most cases of diarrhea or vomiting are the result of long-term food choices that are not probiotic friendly, or gulping down a pathogenic laden morsel. If you administer SBOs and your dog does not show noticeable improvement within 12 hours, take them to the vet immediately!

postheadericon The beagle is a very intelligent, loving, food-motivated dog

The Beagle is a very intelligent, loving, food-motivated dog. This make the breed highly trainable and has helped the Beagle successfully enter and dominate the work force. The real reason Beagles excel as working dogs, however, is their impeccably accurate sense of smell. For this reason, Beagles are often used as detection and tracking dogs in rescue operations and law enforcement. They are used to track and locate missing persons, and they are used as both rescue and cadaver dogs, helping seek out living victims and bodies in the wreckage from buildings collapsing, fires, or natural disasters.

Though Beagles were originally developed as high-powered game detectors for hunters, its role in modern-day society has expanded vastly. The Beagle’s sense of smell is so accurate that they are employed by the United States Department of Agriculture to detect contraband fruits and vegetables that may be smuggled into the country. They even have a name for this Beagle-based team: The USDA Beagle Brigade! Beagles are also used to detect things as strange as termites in homes and as common as drugs in airports. They are a favorite choice of law enforcement agents because of their obedient nature and high intelligence. They also have one of the most sensitive noses of any of the hounds.

It is said that the Beagle’s floppy ears and moderately long snout help the breed when following scents by gathering the molecules from whatever smell it is that they are following. Beagles are more successful at tracking a scent from the ground than they are from an arbitrary place in the air, but they still excel at both skills. Most beagles can even track scents across water. It’s very hard to outsmart a beagle when he has a good whiff of a subjects scent.

The Beagle’s excessively effective sense of smell is a huge benefit and asset to a working dog, but can turn into a significant obstacle when dealing with a household pet. With such accurate noses, the Beagle will always know when you are eating and what you are eating, or if there is something they might want to get at inside the garbage can! This can be difficult to deal with, being that Beagles are notoriously food-motivated animals. The easiest way to counteract this behavior is to train against garbage digging or begging for people food, starting from puppyhood. If your dog knows he will never get to eat the bacon he smells on your breath, he will be less likely to go digging for the wrapper in your trash bin.

Another problem with household pet Beagles and their sense of sent is their innate desire to always track a smell that makes them curious. If you live in a rural area, this can mean your dog wandering miles away in search of a rabbit that could have bounced through your back yard two days ago. Invisible fences or shock collars are virtually useless against Beagles, as they just don’t care about something giving them a light shock when they are following something they could eat, play with, or even just follow!

postheadericon Bring a puppy home can very exciting for the whole family

Bring a puppy home can very exciting for the whole family. Children are especially thrilled to have a puppy in the house and would to spend so much type fussing over the puppy. If your kids love to spend a lot of time with your new puppy, you might as well teach them to take care of the puppy and to feed it. To make sure that your little puppy gets the right type of food, take your kids along and pick up some merrick dog food from the supermarket.

The good thing about taking your kids along to pick of some merrick dog food from the super market is that they will have some idea how to choose the right type of food for the puppy. Besides, taking your kids along to pick up some merrick dog food will give the puppy sometime to rest and get some sleep. Always remember that the puppy is just a baby and it can tire easily especially if a bunch of very energetic kids play with it constantly.

Teaching Your Kids To Feed And Take Care Of The Puppy

Once you have the merrick dog food, you need to instruct your kids how and when to feed the puppy. If your kids still cannot read the feeding guidelines that are usually written on the package of the merrick dog food, you will need to carefully instruct them what to do. First, you need to get something that your kids can use to measure the food. A small measuring cup will greatly help your kids determine how much food to give to the puppy. Give them the measuring cup and let them use it to measure the food that they put into the puppy’s food dish. Caution your kids about feeding the puppy too much merrick dog food because this could make the puppy sick. Besides, a overfeed puppy will most likely to defecate more often which will make it difficult for your to supervise the puppy when it potties.

If you have three kids in the house, make sure that they take turns feeding, grooming and taking the puppy for walks. You can ask your kids to agree among themselves who should feed the puppy in the morning and in the evening. Asking your kids to decide among themselves who will give food to the puppy will help them learn the value of teamwork and cooperation.
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